“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” -Susan J. Bissonette
The benefits of outdoor activities are plenty and time outside is recommended to people of all ages. Being outdoors is important for maintaining both physical and mental health. Outdoor activities should be prioritized into the daily routine of every aging adult to promote mental and physical health and well-being.
Benefits of Outdoor Activities for Seniors
As we age, our body begins to lose its full potential. Bones, muscles, immune systems, all become weaker over time. It has been observed that seniors that engage in regular outdoor activities are healthier than those living a sedentary lifestyle.
Active older adults have a stronger immunity towards viruses, diseases, and even cancer. Exposure to natural light and breathing in the fresh air can heal illnesses much faster than trying to recover indoors.
Not only do outdoor activities benefit physical health, but they also improve mental health. A few hours spent outside does wonders for your overall mood. It is a natural and easy way to relieve stress. Aging people who spend their time outside are less likely to suffer from depression, dementia, or loneliness.
Recommended Outdoor Activities for Seniors
Outdoor activity options are virtually endless for seniors. Choose a few that you love to ensure that you’ll want to get out and participate more often. Here are a few suggestions:
Spending time in the garden is an excellent physical exercise and many people find it relaxing and fulfilling. Gardening is a great way to spend time in the natural light, fresh air, and greenery. In addition, recent studies have uncovered the many benefits of getting your hands dirty. According to J E Public Health, “Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot [or having your hands in the dirt] outside.”
Some light walking in the evening or early morning can be refreshing. Walking also keeps the body fit and active in older adults. A leisurely stroll after dinner can help keep your digestive system running smoothly, too. Doctors are quick to recommend walking as an outdoor activity to many seniors because of the many benefits.
Outdoor games are a fun way to spend your time outdoors. Playing golf can be a great outdoor activity for seniors. The game is played in a beautiful setting with abundant fresh air. The activity is not straining, so most older adults can enjoy the game and its benefits for physical and mental health.
Fishing is a well-loved pastime for many senior citizens. It is an activity that is not too strenuous and can be enjoyed with friends and even the youngest family members. Many seniors enjoy teaching their grandchildren to fish and experiencing their delight at reeling in their first catch.
Capturing beautiful photos of nature is a wonderful way to spend time outdoors. Photography can be a relaxing activity for seniors. It is a great way to get outside and enjoy natural sunlight and the serenity of nature. Photography can help you appreciate the smallest details of nature, too. It is said to stimulate the brain and improve cognitive and emotional health.
Going on a picnic with your family or friends is a great way to spend time outdoors. A nice meal and lots of natural Vitamin D are both great health-boosters for people of all ages, but especially seniors. As an added bonus, arrange for some games post-meal, such as horse shoes, cornhole, or croquet.
With springtime upon us, there are many ways to get outdoors and celebrate while doing something good for your body and your mind.
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